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Michigan adds certificate for birth to kindergarten teachers

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To ensure focused preparation for new teachers, in 2019 Michigan split its previous K-8 certificate into separate preK-3 and 3-6 grade bands. The state agency then convened a stakeholder engagement committee to examine the early childhood general and special education endorsement standards. Ultimately, the committee recommended that the board adopt an additional band for birth-K certification that can be earned as a stand-alone grade band or alongside the preK-3 band. The committee was first convened in January 2019 and ultimately submitted its draft standards to the state board in August 2019. The first group of candidates for this certificate are expected to graduate in spring 2023. (author abstract)

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